Thursday, August 05, 1999

New bathhouse, pool to come

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WOODLAWN — New is the catch-word in Woodlawn these days.

        Projects for a new retail shopping center, a new commerce park and a new apartment complex are all under way. Come next year, village officials are hoping to have a new pool.

        In the more immediate future, though, the village is anticipating the opening of new pool bathhouse facilities that will be open year-round and offer more than locker rooms.

        “It will be open to everyone,” Village Manager Carole Cornelison said.

        The new facility, complete with two large meeting rooms, a first-aid area and a staff training room, along with the locker rooms and restrooms, carries a price tag of about $740,000.

        Space will be available for rent, and there will be a room for other programs that the village holds, officials said.

        Construction started in the spring on the 4,000-square-foot structure. Despite some setbacks, such as a parking lot redesign, officials are hoping to have the facility up and running this month.

        A portion of the cost comes from grant money, said Marjie Dogan, Woodlawn's director of Community Services/Parks and Recrea tion.

        Last year, the village was awarded a $257,000 state nature works grant, in addition to a $20,000 grant from the Coca-Cola Co., Ms. Dogan said.

        The former bathhouse was built as a temporary facility to accompany the pool. However, after 25 years, village officials decided it was time to upgrade.

        During construction of the bathhouse, the village learned its pool also needed to be updated. “Apparently the pool was not bonded properly when it was originally built,” Ms. Dogan said.

        Ms. Cornelison said Village Council is preparing to take bids on the project and hopes to have the work completed on the Olympic-sized pool in time for a Memorial Day 2000 opening.

        The work could cost about $400,000, she said, adding that the council also has discussed adding $100,000 worth of amenities, such as a slide.

        In the meantime, the village has worked out a contract with Forest Park to provide pool services to village residents. Woodlawn lifeguards also are on staff at the Forest Park facility as part of the agreement to share that city's pool, Ms. Dogan said.

        Woodlawn's pool is also used by a number of swim teams and businesses. “We expect that demand will be great,” Ms. Cornelison said.


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